Fifty years ago, out of the sky she came. Mary Poppins has continued to enthrall and fascinate audiences for five decades, making us believe that spoonful of sugar still helps the medicine go down, that tea parties on the ceiling are perfectly acceptable ways to pass an afternoon, and that flying a kite can give you wings. To celebrate this landmark anniversary, let us revisit our December 2013 commentary for the film. As usual, your commentators include Albert Gutierrez, Pedro Hernandez, and Kelvin Cedeño, with special guest commentator Aaron Wallace (author of The Thinking Fan’s Guide to Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom) joining for this special occasion. If you’ll recall, this episode not only took a look at its production, but also made comparisons to both the original P.L. Travers books and stage musical, and looked into how it impacted our lives over the years. In addition, we examined some of the film’s spiritual themes, its high-ranking reputation within the Disney company, the various “Disney Achievements” represented within the film, several connections to 2013’s Saving Mr. Banks and Travers herself, and the film’s impact on all viewers since its release. Please be sure to enjoy our first “legacy” commentary in observance of one of the most enduring “legacy” films in the Disney canon.
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